Catawba Brewing Co.

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

212 S Green St
Morganton, North Carolina, 28655-3525
United States

(828) 430-6883 | map

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Ratings by cafequaid:
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Rated by cafequaid from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jun 22, 2018
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.92 by jacobk1997 from Georgia

Jun 18, 2021
Rated: 3.42 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Feb 10, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by jbarry3000 from North Carolina

Aug 07, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Coho11 from Ohio

Jul 05, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jun 11, 2017
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Reviewed by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
Nice beer. Lots of styles to choose from. Nothing really blew me away. The service was fine and I enjoyed the atmosphere. I probably wouldn't go back, but would visit one of the Asheville tasting rooms instead.
Jan 02, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by Jason_cs from Florida

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by qcghost from North Carolina

Jul 24, 2016
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Reviewed by KYGunner from Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25
I reserved judgement on Catawba, on my first visit, because it was late, they were busy and the tap board was so so. After a year I went back and saw some very nice changes; the huge selection of beer for one. The service was slow, just for me, as I was ignored and it was a touch loud. The vibe is good and everyone else seems to be having fun, and I guess that's all that matters.
Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 3.17 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

May 23, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by Brandon632 from North Carolina

May 22, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by Mparker1975 from Virginia

Jan 10, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Nov 22, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by rhester14 from North Carolina

Aug 28, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

Aug 17, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by italianstallion from Wisconsin

May 23, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania

Mar 31, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 30, 2015
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Reviewed by Mantooth from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
They've really stepped their game up and they're cute smelt expanding. The new rap room and bar are sweet. Love the bar is indoors and out. Great service and damn good selection. With these guys and Fonta Flora just up the street, Morganton is definitely up and coming. Check them out. Cheers!
Jan 20, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by petermethot from New Jersey

Sep 02, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by loverofthecraft from North Carolina

Aug 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by qcbrewer from North Carolina

Aug 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by MaseFace from Kentucky

Aug 06, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by dailyminefield from North Carolina

Jul 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by DrMindbender from South Carolina

Jul 17, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Runningonempty from South Carolina

Jun 22, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by ariceclemson from North Carolina

May 22, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Oct 19, 2013
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Reviewed by VaterRoss from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Catawba Valley Brewing Company (usually just "the Brewery to locals) is in the heart of downtown Morganton on the block adjacent to good ol' Sam Ervin's statue. The setup is warehouse like with about half consisting of the brewing operation. The remaining half is split into a bar area with picnic type seating and the other half a stage, pool tables, and some more seating. Atmosphere is usually pretty nice with an extremely laid back and mixed crowd with an average age somewhere in the mid 30s. They have a really cool food policy that greatly adds to the atmosphere allowing any outside food to be brought in even including a selection of nearby restaurant menus for delivery. On any given week at least one band will come through which really livens the place up.

I've been really impressed by the beer in this place (and this is why you are headed to a bar/brewery, right?). Their year-rounds aren't too special with an average rating of around 3.5-4 but their limiteds and seasonals can often surprise. Their fall pumpkin beer is the best of the style I've encountered and a recent batch of pumpernickel rye beer similarly impressed me. Number of taps are somewhere south of 10 with around 5 year round and a few limited batches and seasonals. As of late they've really started to do some interesting experiments including a red wine barrel aged barleywine.

Service is usually quick and friendly although bartenders knowledge can vary wildly. Depending on when you go in those involved in the brewing process may even be your bartender. Never had a problem with the service here and never had to wait more than a few minutes for a beer. Again, service has always been friendly.

Selection may not impress those used to megabars but what they have is solid and some of them are quite excellent with any given visit there being around 10 beers to try. They offer growlers and a limited amount of cans in addition to pints.

I sorta forgot to mention this but pints are $3 here. That's right, 3 dollars all the time no specials needed. This may be one of my favorite things about the Brewery. If you're used to "big city" prices then you will be amazed at how cheap the beer is here, especially considering the quality.

Negatives for me is that the crowd here is a bit old and a bit 'square' for me but this most likely represents the demographic realities of Morganton. I am told by my SO (a Morganton native) that this is one of the hotspots for Morganton Progressives. The year-rounds could be a little better and the bar tenders could know a bit more about the beer. Perhaps the thing that bothers me the most about this place are the extremely limited hours. I do not know of any other bar outside of England that has a last call at 10:30pm! Crazy city slickers like me don't even leave the house to go out until that time. It is usually only open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. That's right, no Saturday. This is perplexing to say the least.

All things said this place blows any other beer place in Morganton out of the water and is better and cheaper than a lot of the better known bars and breweries (esp in the Triangle). If you are in Morganton, or even going W on I-40, this place is a definite visit for a few pints. I really wish that Catawba Valley was in my town.
Mar 13, 2012
Catawba Brewing Co. in Morganton, NC
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1811 ratings